Humans of Mercury Studios: What People Behind the Scenes Have to Say About Glenn

The world knows him as Glenn Beck, the radio host, the author, the TV commentator. But who is Glenn Beck, the friend, the co-worker, the mentor?

Join us on a journey into the heart of Mercury Studios, where Glenn spends a huge portion of his life, and meet the people he works with every day. These are real, first-hand accounts about Glenn from within the walls of his own studios --- told by those who interact with him on a daily basis.

Here are their stories in their own words.

Misheal Simpson, Executive Assistant

Glenn is really funny. You get a taste of it, but he is hilarious. If you just spend a little bit of time, there’s always going to be some joke. There’s always going to be something.

It’s funny teaching him about culture.

One of my favorite things --- we were going somewhere and I had found this article and was like, “Gah, black don’t crack!”

And he’s like “What?!” and we’re literally looking at this article of famous African American actors and he couldn't believe this person was 50 and this person was 60, and I’m like, “'Cause black don’t crack!” And he is just so funny, he says that now.

So, I’ve been teaching him the cultural cool things.

He’s so genuine. He is all about growth. He would rather you find a new job versus having you be here and be miserable.

He wants people to grow. He wants people to be doing the things they enjoy doing.

Jason Buttrill, Writer/Researcher

I was his bodyguard for a couple of years before I started working over here.

I remember there was this one time where he had a town hall meeting back when the company was still based in New York. They called this meeting and all the employees went to it. It was at some really cool New York locale. I don’t even remember the subject matter or what he was talking about, but he was so passionate about everything he was doing.

A lot of people might know this about Glenn, but when you’re an employee working for him --- especially when he gets really fired up and inspired about stuff --- it’s really moving to witness and to be a part of.

I saw that and I was like, "Oh my gosh, this is the type of company I want to work for." I had no idea at the time that’s what I eventually was going to be doing. But, just seeing that as an outsider, you knew there was something different about Glenn --- something different.

From the get-go, he was always about empowering people. So, he gets talented people around him and he empowers people.

Just being around the guy and listening to how he is so passionate about things, you can’t help but be inspired. And as luck would have it, a couple years later I was actually working for him.

Really, that feeling has stuck with me the entire time. I don’t know if you’ve seen some of his town hall stuff, but just recently, when he unveiled some of the "EPIC" stuff --- that’s like classic Glenn. That’s Glenn when he is fully invested in a topic. When you see how inspired he is about that and how excited he is, you can’t help but have these explosions of ideas.

That’s the best way to describe it. Literally, everyone who listens to him and sees how passionate he is about these things, you have an explosion of ideas. And that’s just all part of his character and who he is.

Jessica Sanchez, Merchandising Manager

I started working here November 2014, and at that point in my life, I was very torn with my faith --- what I believed in, how I believed things were, and really at a point in my life where I was kind of struggling.

Career-wise, also, because I had just left a career that I had been at for ten years that was super exhausting to me. I came here and took an extreme pay cut to then just do admin work. And I did it for myself, first of all, to kind of just make things not so hectic, not so crazy in my life.

But I still didn’t have faith.

Well, then I started working with the "All Lives Matter" campaign. We started the campaign with Mercury One and we went to Birmingham and we did a big march. We marched the same march that Martin Luther King marched. It was a big drawn-out thing. Through the whole process, the whole thing was about unity, about faith, about all your spirituality, about what you believe in.

And Glenn was really big on prayer. We had morning prayers with the company. You constantly saw him walking around with his scriptures. Seeing that made me want to look more into my spirituality and my faith and what I believed in. I think just seeing him and the process we went through and that whole campaign --- it made me kind of take a look at my own life and what I needed to do and what changes I needed to make.

I ended up thinking, if a man like Glenn can make a decision based on scripture, based off of something that he reads, because he fully, wholeheartedly believes that’s what God is telling him, then why can’t I?

So, when I was in Birmingham, I decided to finally give myself to Christ. It was the first time ever in my whole life that I had actually felt the presence of God and a change. And it was all because I was a part of that campaign.

Glenn has changed my life in my spirituality and my faith and has really taught me to go for what I believe in and not care about what anybody else is saying.

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This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.

As the nation soaks in the victory of the recent passing of the historic First Step Act, there are Congressmen who haven't stopped working to solve additional problems with the criminal justice system. Because while the Act was impactful, leading to the well-deserved early release of many incarcerated individuals, it didn't go far enough. That's why four Congressmen have joined forces to reintroduce the Justice Safety Valve Act—legislation that would grant judges judicial discretion when determining appropriate sentencing.

There's a real need for this legislation since it's no secret that lawmakers don't always get it right. They may pass laws with good intentions, but unintended consequences often prevail. For example, there was a time when the nation believed the best way to penalize lawbreakers was to be tough on crime, leading to sweeping mandatory minimum sentencing laws implemented both nationally and statewide.

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Only in recent years have governments learned that these sentences aren't good policy for the defendant or even the public. Mandatory minimum sentences are often overly harsh, don't act as a public deterrent for crime, and are extremely costly to taxpayers. These laws tie judges' hands, preventing them from using their knowledge and understanding of the law to make case relevant decisions.

Because legislation surrounding criminal law is often very touchy and difficult to change (especially on the federal level, where bills can take multiple years to pass) mandatory minimum sentences are far from being done away with—despite the data-driven discoveries of their downfalls. But in order to solve the problems inherent within all of the different laws imposing sentencing lengths, Congress needs to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act now. Ensuring its passing would allow judges to use discretion while sentencing, rather than forcing them to continue issuing indiscriminate sentences no matter the unique facts of the case.

Rather than take years to go back and try to fix every single mandatory minimum law that has been federally passed, moving this single piece of legislation forward is the best way to ensure judges can apply their judgment in every appropriate case.

When someone is facing numerous charges from a single incident, mandatory minimum sentencing laws stack atop one another, resulting in an extremely lengthy sentence that may not be just. Such high sentences may even be violations of an individual's eighth amendment rights, what with the imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. It's exactly what happened with Weldon Angelos.

In Salt Lake City in 2002, Weldon sold half a pound of marijuana to federal agents on two separate occasions. Unbeknownst to Weldon, the police had targeted him because they suspected he was a part of a gang and trafficking operation. They were oh-so-wrong. Weldon had never sold marijuana before and only did this time because he was pressured by the agents to find marijuana for them. He figured a couple lowkey sales could help out his family's financial situation. But Weldon was caught and sentenced to a mandatory 55 years in prison. This massive sentence is clearly unjust for a first time, non-violent crime, and even the Judge, Paul Cassell, agreed. Judge Cassell did everything he could to reduce the sentence, but, due to federal law, it wasn't much.

The nation is facing an over-criminalization problem that costs taxpayers millions and amounts to the foolish eradication of individual liberties.

In cases like Weldon's, a safety valve for discretionary power is much needed. Judges need the ability to issue sentences below the mandatory minimums, depending on mitigating factors such as mental health, provocation, or physical illness. That's what this new bill would allow for. Critics may argue that this gives judges too much power, but under the bill, judges must first make a finding on why it's necessary to sentence below the mandatory minimum. Then, they must write a clear statement explaining their decision.

Judges are unlikely to risk their careers to allow dangerous criminals an early release. If something happens after an offender is released early, the political pressure is back on the judge who issued the shorter sentence—and no one wants that kind of negative attention. In order to avoid risky situations like this, they'd use their discretion very cautiously, upholding the oath they took to promote justice in every case.

The nation is facing an overcriminalization problem that costs taxpayers millions and amounts to the foolish eradication of individual liberties. Mandatory minimums have exacerbated this problem, and it's time for that to stop. Congresswomen and men have the opportunity to help solve this looming problem by passing the Justice Safety Valve Act to untie the hands of judges and restore justice in individual sentences.

Molly Davis is a policy analyst at Libertas Institute, a free market think tank in Utah. She's a writer for Young Voices, and her work has previously appeared in The Hill, TownHall.com, and The Washington Examiner.

New gadget for couples in 'the mood' lets a button do the talking

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, there's a new romantic gadget for couples that is sure to make sparks fly. For those with their minds in the gutter, I'm not talking about those kinds of gadgets. I'm talking about a brilliant new device for the home called "LoveSync."

This is real — it's a simple pair of buttons for busy, modern couples who have plenty of time for social media and Netflix, but can't quite squeeze in time to talk about their... uh... special relationship.

Here's how it works. Each partner has their own individual LoveSync button. Whenever the mood strikes one partner, all they have to do is press their own button. That sets their button aglow for a certain period of time. If, during that time window, their partner also presses their own button, then both buttons light up in a swirling green pattern to signal that love has "synced"...and it's go time.

According to the makers of LoveSync, this device will "Take the Luck out of Getting Lucky." It brings a whole new meaning to "pushing each other's buttons." It's an ideal gift to tell your significant other "I care," without actually having to care, or talk about icky things like feelings.

If you find your significant other is already on the couch binge-watching The Bachelor, no problem! You can conveniently slink back to your button and hold it in for four seconds to cancel the desire. No harm, no foul! Live to fight another day.

Have fun explaining those buttons to inquiring children.

No word yet on whether LoveSync can also order wine, light candles or play Barry White. Maybe that's in the works for LoveSync 2.0.

Of course, LoveSync does have some pitfalls. Cats and toddlers love a good button. That'll be a fun conversation — "Honey, who keeps canceling my mood submissions?" And have fun explaining those buttons to inquiring children. "Yeah, kids, that button just controls the lawn sprinklers. No big deal."

If you've been dialing it in for years on Valentine's Day with flowers and those crappy boxes of chocolate, now you can literally dial it in. With a button.

Good luck with that.